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MMA Gyms In Bergen County NJ: Get In Shape With Our Beginner Friendly MMA training classes

If you want to live life to the fullest, relieve stress, and feel your absolute best, you already know exercise is not optional ... it's essential. So why settle for a boring, monotonous workout that feels like a chore? Instead, why not go to an mma gym and make your fitness routine exciting, invigorating and fun? Why not choose mma training for a total-body strength and cardio workout that also trains you to be an excellent fighter? Whether you want to own the skills of street self-defense, or you want to become an amateur or pro MMA fighter, you'll love what we have in store for you here in our Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA beginner friendly mma classes.

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Are You Bored Going To The Gym? MMA Classes Get You In Fighting Shape!

Whatever your age, background or fitness level, you'll learn: how to stay out of range of strikes and kicks (and block them when you have to), how to safely close the distance between yourself and an attacker or opponent, how to safely take the fight to the ground and how to control and submit your opponent without injury. Of course, you'll also know how to inflict devastating injury with the slightest movement if you have to (even on bigger, stronger guys). How is this possible? Simple. The techniques you'll learn in our mma classes are based on efficiency and leverage. This lets you put your opponent into compromising positions that you direct and control with minimal strength or effort. Of course, you'll still be sweating bullets ... developing speed, strength, killer abs and insane endurance. Your fighting effectiveness and results go through the roof when you apply what we teach you.

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MMA Training Makes You Feel Invincible And Super Confident!

Words can't fully describe the feeling you get from mma classes. With our MMA training program, your confidence and ability to handle stress skyrocket. The challenges and obstacles you encounter at home, at work and in social situations won't feel like such a big deal. Life becomes much easier on you. Your MMA training will bring you closer to feeling like super hero than anything you'll ever experience. Fear and intimidation all but vanish from your life. And even if you tell no one else about it ... to be able to tell yourself “I am an MMA fighter” is pretty cool!

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Why You Should Train MMA In Bergen County?

Two important facts make a Mixed Martial Arts school a smart choice for self defense: 95% of fights end up on the ground, but... 100% of fights start on the feet The Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA program covers all your bases by combining effective striking/kicking standing arts with the proven ground fighting skills of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in separate classes. This training program will transform you into an incredible fighter very quickly. And it doesn't matter how big, small, strong, or weak you are. MMA is for everyone!

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Mixed Martial Arts Classes Are Fun And Mentally Stimulating

Training mma is like playing a chess game with your body. It’s not about brute strength. It’s geared towards those who want to “think” with their bodies and want to develop an instinctual set of movements and reflexes that become as natural as breathing. This game has rewards that far outweigh many others including self confidence, a toned body, and being able to walk with pride. Not to mention it's incredibly fun, especially when you are surrounded by a group of supportive teammates.

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Our MMA School Has World Class MMA Instruction

Our head instructor received his black belt from Ralph Gracie (of the Gracie family who created Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) and our main emphasis is on practicing a style of BJJ that is highly effective in both real world self defense situations and also at the highest level of competition. You probably already know that Jiu-Jitsu is at the core of virtually all top pro MMA athlete's training. And even if you never compete in MMA, you can be assured you're getting pro-level MMA instruction to quickly develop and refine your MMA skills.

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Organized Mixed Martial Arts Training Curriculum

We'll teach you the techniques of mixed martial arts in a organized step-by-step mixed martial arts training curriculum that allows you to learn faster and retain more than other academies. Our intelligently designed MMA program can shave months or years off your progress and make you a better fighter in less time. You'll have the opportunity to go from white belt to black belt with your techniques firmly rooted in place, knowing the you earned your achievements every step of the way.. Come FEEL what it's like to train MMA in Bergen County at one of the top MMA gyms in nj today and see why we have been rated the #1 martial arts gym in Bergen County by “Bergen Health And Life” magazine and have been featured numerous times in (201) magazine.

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A Mixed Martial Arts Gym Is A Great Way To Make Great Friends

At our mma training gym it’s about much more than the mma techniques or workout. It's about becoming part of a group of mixed martial artists who are working together towards a common set of goals. Our students are incredibly helpful and supportive and oftentimes develop friendships that go far beyond the gym. We love doing community events with each other and supporting each other in our training!

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Unmatched Personal Attention

Many mma gyms in nj have instructors that get a class started, then sit on the sidelines while you stumble through the moves (often cementing the WRONG techniques into your game). Not here. We have a passion for teaching and enjoy helping students reach their goals. Each class has multiple instructors to ensure you get the top-notch MMA instruction and personal attention you deserve.

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Feel The Stress Melt Away When You Train MMA

Life can be stressful sometimes and stress is horrible for your health, both mentally and physically. MMA training is a great stress reliever because it forces you to be present in the moment. You don’t have time to think about the past or future, just what’s going on in front of you. It's important to have an outlet for all the pent up stress and anxiety that life can bring so that it doesn’t affect your work and relationships. Your your family will thank you for doing it!!

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Friendly Welcoming Atmosphere

We're NOT a “throw you to the wolves” academy like most mma gyms in NJ. We pride ourselves on a relaxed, cooperative environment, where everyone can learn comfortably at their own pace. Every instructor and student maintains a high level of respect for one another. Besides, we do not tolerate bad attitudes or aggressive behavior. I promise you're going to feel comfortable here at Training Grounds, even if you've never experienced a day of mixed martial arts training in your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior experience in MMA to start?

No experience is required. Our Foundations mma classes assume you have no prior mma training.

What kind of equipment do I need?

Mixed martial arts is the combination of brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing. For kickboxing you need 16oz gloves and wraps. For bjj you need a jiu jitsu gi and also no gi attire like a rash guard and shorts.

As a beginner, do I need to spar?

There is no sparring as a beginner. It's important for people who are new to mma training to first spend a lot of time drilling and doing positional training to understand the mma techniques before they start engaging in live sparring.

How effective is MMA for real world self defense?

MMA is the combination of BJJ, Kickboxing, And Wrestling. No other combination of arts has been shown to work as well in mixed martial arts competition or real world self defense.

My main priority is fitness. Can I expect to lose weight and gain muscle when training MMA?

Yes absolutely. MMA training engages your whole body and burns calories as it pushes your body to the max. Combined with a healthy diet you should expect to lose fat and develop a toned muscular physique.

Do I need to be in shape before I start training MMA?

No. The beginner mma program assumes that you have no prior experience. You’ll be able to take part in fun classes that will push you to develop sport specific cardio, strength, and flexibility a a byproduct of your mma training vs running on a treadmill or lifting weights.

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  • UFC fighter ryan hall at a UFC press conference saying he loves the instruction at Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA

    “Professor Wil is highly skilled at both training and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”
    - Ryan Hall
    Ultimate Fighter Winner

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    “The atmosphere is one of teamwork, camaraderie and just a real sense of fun and growth.”
    - Elvin Ramirez

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    “I feel myself growing not just as a mma practitioner but also as a person.”
    - Tim McDermott

  • tom Raimondi

    “I get a great feeling from the school because everyone is looking to help each other out. I feel like I am 18 again.”
    - Tom Raimondi

  • physician paul gaglio surfing in the ocean before he trains mma for self defense in westwood nj

    “The "Foundations" program which I am participating in has allowed me to learn a new martial arts skill set, lose weight, increase my flexibility both physically and mentally.”
    - Paul Gaglio
    Head Of Liver Transplant Surgery

  • Chelsea training women’s martial arts in westwood

    “Training Grounds has better equipped me to defend myself. The confidence I have gained is backed by a solid skill set that won’t let me down when I need it most.”
    - Chelsea Martinez

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    Alex Yeaw

    I started my time here 8 months ago. In that short amount of mma training I have learned so much. I came from another academy as a blue belt and I can tell you that this academy has a very strong curriculum in both the beginner and advanced mma programs. It will teach you mma so that you can actually use it to defend yourself as opposed to just sport. I have thoroughly enjoyed every class that I have attended and have loved making new friends here. Thank you Professor Wil and to all of the other coaches for making this such an inviting place to train.
    Westwood, NJ

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    Mike McWilliams

    Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA is absolutely phenomenal. I have been to many mma gyms in nj and none have the culture and atmosphere that this one does which greatly aids in learning mma. There is a reason why there are so many good reviews online for this gym. Their advanced students do great in competitions but are humble and approachable. Training Grounds isn’t just an amazing mma gym with great coaches and friendly students it’s a place you go to learn life skills have that applications far outside it’s walls. One thing to note is that while the academy name is Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA, their mixed martial arts emphasis is on street self defense vs only sport. For example with takedowns they never drop to their knee because you would break your knee on concrete. Things like that are small distinctions that make a big difference.
    Hillsdale, NJ

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    Tim Credeur

    My name is Tim Credeur and I am a 5 time UFC Veteran and Ultimate Fighter Finalist. I have been training and doing MMA for 18 years now. I've been working with Wil for a couple of years now. Wil's dedication to the art, to teaching and giving the highest quality of MMA is unprecedented in your area as he is one of the best instructors on the east coast. If you are looking to do MMA in bergen county, Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA in NJ is exactly where you should be training.
    Tim Credeur
    UFC Fighter

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    Alberto Crane

    My name is Alberto Crane. I am a UFC veteran, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion. Wil Horneff is awesome. His Jiu Jitsu is awesome. He's a Pan American champion, and a great competitor. But most importantly he is a really gifted teacher, very patient and able to really communicate how to learn mma to new students. Sometimes it's hard to find a Professor like that. If you want to get good at mma and you live in bergen county, he's the man.
    UFC Fighter
    World Champion

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    Daniel Viera

    Like most people I regularly went to a gym to get in shape but needed something different to make me more consistent. Going to an mma gym I was a bit hesitant at first to join because you hear about people getting roughed up at places or treated like an outsider. But man this was really far from the truth at Training Grounds. I signed up after a couple classes. I was welcomed with open arms in a mixed martial arts environment by Professor Wil and the rest of the staff. He really has a desire to share his passion for mixed martial arts with everyone. Classes are full of students that are humble, eager to learn and most of all helpful. If you are on the fence about it, don’t hesitate I really wish I joined sooner. I would have been a purple belt by now lol
    Haworth, NJ

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    Eugene Park

    Professor Wil is one of the top coaches on the east coast. I can say this because I have trained at numerous mma gyms in Bergen and Rockland counties. He actually spars with his students in a helpful way so that they can learn, always giving pointers on technical questions. During the mma practice he is always meticulous about making sure everybody understands the moves and that their form is correct. He demonstrates the moves as many times as you need it and is always open to questions. With a top coach, great students, and friendly staff training grounds jiu jitsu and mma is definitely one of the top mma gyms in new jersey. If that’s what you are looking for you should give it a try.
    Norwood, NJ

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    Stephen Harvey

    This was my first experience with training mma and it was a really good one at that. When I came in everyone introduced themselves to me and made me feel comfortable trying something a bit out of my comfort zone. Professor Wil is very knowledgeable and does a really good job with communicating and providing feedback on what you are doing. There is zero intimidation and it feels like everyone is working towards a common goal of getting better at mixed martial arts. There are a lot of really talented people here at Jiu-Jitsu so it seems like the best of both worlds for both the more advanced mma or bjj practitioners and also beginners.
    Closter, NJ

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    Alex Kim

    This place makes you feel right at home no matter if you have been doing mma for 10 years or 10 minutes. Great coaches who watch you to make sure you are getting the moves. No egos, a high level training environment and legitimate mma and bjj practitioners and complete beginners like myself so you never stop learning and improving with each class.
    Dumont, NJ

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    John Then

    My name is John Then. I'm a mental health worker in Bergen County. I came here because one of my friends trains here and he told me that I needed to check it out. I love this place. There are no egos. Everybody here helps each other out and the mma coaches really take their time with you until you get it right. Other places just throw you to the wolves. When I came in here I knew absolutely nothing about MMA or training mixed martial arts except from watching the UFC but Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA soon became my family. You are going to want to come here because of the family and the tightness. It offers more than just the mma itself. The environment just brings everybody together. Training MMA is now something that I am addicted to and I am just going to keep going until I get my black belt.
    River Edge, NJ

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